Productivity

With constant demand for workers comes new demand for talent acquisition leaders. Couple that with historic talent shortages, progressive organizations are thinking outside the box when it comes to finding heads of TA who can develop a competitive advantage. Ivan Perry, i4cp’s VP of Talent Acquisition and co-leader of i4cp’s HR executive search firm, weighed
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The Institute for Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) recent study, Culture Renovation: A Blueprint for Action, reveals a classic polarity at play in successful culture change initiatives: successful efforts are characterized by strong top-down (CEO level) leadership, but just as importantly by a co-creation mindset, with broad and meaningful engagement/ownership on the part of employees (i.e., bottom
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Imagine that you’ve spent the last four, eight, or more years investing everything you are into becoming the best of the best as a member of the U.S. military. Now it’s time to transition to civilian life. Or maybe you already have, but the work world seems like alien territory. What do you do? How
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A new i4cp study examines the disability inclusion practices organizations are using to engage with workers with disabilities to meet current and future talent needs. One in five people of working age in the U.S. has a disability, yet despite well-publicized talent shortages the national unemployment rate for people with a disability is nearly twice
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Takeaway: Over the next 13 weeks I plan on losing 20 pounds by doing three things: making myself more accountable, tracking my weight and food intake, and anticipating any weekly obstacles that might arise. Want to join me? Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 30s. Podcast Length: 25 minutes, 27s (link to play podcast at bottom
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Wilson Jones, President and CEO of Oshkosh Corporation, has joined a stellar speaker line-up that includes Kevin Johnson and Lucy Helm (CEO & CHRO of Starbucks), Dean Carter (CHRO, Patagonia), and other thought leaders at the i4cp 2020 Next Practices Now Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona March 23 – 26, 2020. Additional sought-after mainstage speakers include:
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The lineup of exceptional speakers for the #1-rated  i4cp 2020 Next Practices Now Conference continues to grow. Joining senior executives from companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, and Patagonia, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) has confirmed that Ekpedeme “Pamay” Bassey, Kraft Heinz‘ Chief Learning Officer, will speak on the i4cp mainstage this coming March. At the
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What is wellbeing? Have you heard this lovely fluffy word being banded around a little lately? When we think of wellbeing it might make us think of our health or how we are feeling, but one thing is for sure is if we want to be a Productivity Ninja it’s imperative to be aware of
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In a recent article on our i4cp Productivity Blog—The Dangerous Gap in Succession Pipelines—I wrote that organizational learning’s shift to a continuous-stream construct (in response to the shorter shelf-life of employee skills) has implications for chief learning officers.   Specifically, this challenges learning leaders to build their organizations’ workforces into self-directed continuous learners, people who
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Preparing new managers to lead effectively is a topic that consistently resonates with i4cp members; we’ve responded with ongoing research and the creation of a variety of resources to help. Following our study in partnership with ATD— Developing New Managers: Key Elements for Success —members of i4cp’s Executive and Leader Development Exchange group received a
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Microsoft Corp. offers a lot to draw talent to its Redmond, Wash.-based main campus.  There’s the attraction of working for a global tech titan with a trillion dollar valuation and a perennial spot on best employers for pay and perks lists.  And speaking of perks, there’s the campus itself. Microsoft’s U.S. headquarters is a sprawling
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With anticipation growing for the i4cp 2020 Next Practices Now Conference, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) is pleased to announce the most recent addition to the keynote speaker lineup; outdoor clothing company Patagonia’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Dean Carter. Carter, who joined Patagonia as Vice President of HR in May of 2015, provides strategic
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Takeaway: Some experts are worth listening to, and others aren’t. To find the good ones, look for those who have dug deeply into a topic, aren’t afraid to be vulnerable about where they fail, don’t speak from a pedestal, and are further along in exploring a topic than you are. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes,
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Research by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) in partnership with ATD has shown that in 90% of surveyed companies, the role of the chief learning officer is evolving.   As more organizations adopt learning cultures and the function overall becomes increasingly business-results oriented, the skills learning leaders must have to be successful have changed. 
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We’re about to launch a six-part People Analytics Series, in which i4cp members who participate in any of our four Exchange groups will work collaboratively to advance the state of human capital analytics within their organizations and their functional areas (i.e., leadership development, performance management, engagement, and workforce planning). In advance of the June 27
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Business leaders’ recent conversations with i4cp confirm that succession is on the minds of many. Hardly surprising, since planning for successors is vital for all key organizational positions, from critical-role individual contributors to top-of-the-house leaders. But our research found that many organizations have a dangerous gap in the pipeline for a vital C-level position. In
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Takeaway: For the greatest performance benefits, drink caffeine strategically, instead of habitually. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 50s. Podcast Length: 24 minutes, 35s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). This week on Becoming Better, we dig into the science behind how you can extract as much energy—and productivity—out of caffeine as possible. I
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The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) announced today that Kevin Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks, and Lucy Helm, Starbucks Executive Vice President, Chief Partner Officer, will serve as keynote speakers at the upcoming i4cp 2020 Next Practices Now Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Kevin Johnson, who became Starbucks’ CEO in 2017, has been with the
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The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) regularly fields pulse surveys to query respondents about the practices currently in use in their companies and what’s planned for the future. On occasion, we ask survey respondents to tell us what they believe should be happening in their organizations. These responses are both validating and illuminating; the survey
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Takeaway: The paperback version of Hyperfocus comes out today! It looks awesome. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 12s. One year ago, my second book, Hyperfocus: How to Manage Your Attention in a World of Distraction, hit store shelves! I consider the book to be the best thing I’ve created to date. It’s about how to
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Takeaway: Have a good reason for investing in becoming more productive. Otherwise, you’ll fall into a common trap: that your reward for becoming more productive will be having more work to do. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 29s. The other day, I was reading Haemin Sunim’s delightful1 book, The Things You Can See Only When
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Takeaway: Three ways to hold yourself accountable for doing aversive tasks: get a deadline (however you can); fire up Focusmate; and get an accountability partner. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 2s. Podcast Length: 16 minutes, 33s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). Research shows that the more unstructured a task is, the more
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